Kellie Pickler was a long way from home this Christmas. The country star embarked on her 11th USO tour for the holiday taking a little bit of Christmas over to the troops serving in Iraq.
Kellie tells Rare Country of her work with the USO, “We get to take home to our servicemen and women around the world.”
After the tour was finished, Kellie posted a few photos from the trip to her Instagram account. One shows Kellie onstage entertaining the troops.
The other shows Kellie and her husband, Kyle Jacobs, on the tarmac getting ready to board a military plane.
The Iraq trip comes just a few months after Kellie entertained troops at a USO show at Pearl Harbor. She learned a lot about that moment in history during her visit.
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Took this picture yesterday at Pearl Harbor. Every time I see our beautiful flag it makes my heart smile and weep at the same time…I smile because we are truly blessed but I weep for the countless men and women who have selflessly sacrificed their lives for us all. Freedom does not come free. I respect and honor all of our service members, Veterans, and fallen angels. I will always STAND when I see 'Old Glory'… #GodBlessAmerica 🇺🇸
“It was a pretty powerful moment,” Kellie tells us. “I’m blessed that I have the opportunity to do that.”